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UPDATE: Driver charged in Vernon crash that knocked out power

Pole sheared, road closed and power out for thousands for hours

UPDATE July 5:

The driver who sheared a power pole on Kalamalka Lake Road Tuesday is being charged.

A vehicle went off road July 4 at approximately 1:35 a.m. near Browne Road.

“The driver was taken to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries and was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with exceeding the speed limit and driving without due care,” said Cpl. Tania Finn, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations.

Power was knocked out to thousands in Coldstream and Vernon for hours while crews replaced the pole.

Kalamalka Road was also closed between the golf course and the Alpine Centre.



An early morning collision has knocked out power to more than 2,200 BC Hydro customers between Coldstream and Vernon, in the Middleton Mountain area.

A vehicle reportedly took out a power pole at approximately 1 a.m., Tuesday.

Kalamalka Road is closed between the golf course and the Alpine Centre. Intersection lights are also out on the road, at Pottery and Husband roads, as well as Middleton Way and 11th Avenue.

Power is out west of Highway 6 to east of Highway 97, north of Kalamalka Road and south of Pottery Road.

Also affected is that east of Browne Road, customers north of Mt. Tanner Place, to the west of Aberdeen Road and south of Pottery Road.

BC Hydro has crews on site assessing the damage.

The estimated time of restoration is 2 p.m.

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